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Biblical lament and political protest photograph

Biblical lament and political protest

Andrew Williams , April 2014   No comments

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This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice. This paper argues lament is needed in corporate worship and prayer, not only to give spiritual expression to faith wrestling with pain, but also to re-energise communities of believers to name injustice, recognise political agency and sustain prophetic action.

Keywords: Crime & Justice, Government & Foreign Affairs

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Genes, Determinism and God photograph

Genes, Determinism and God

Denis Alexander, January 2014   No comments

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This paper has three main aims. The first is to provide biological information to help with interpretation of the latest genetic discoveries. The second is to argue that there is nothing in contemporary behavioural genetics that subverts the profoundly human experience of acting freely. The third is to show that the Judaeo-Christian conviction that humankind is made in God's image provides a firm basis for human freedom and for the absolute value of each human individual irrespective of their genetic status.

Keywords: Science & Technology

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Infinite choice?  Freeing ourselves from a cultural icon photograph

Infinite choice? Freeing ourselves from a cultural icon

David McIlroy, October 2013   No comments

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Our culture understands choice to be the means by which we express our freedom and individuality but sees choice as a range of consumer options. We are constantly compelled to choose, yet the unexpected result is that the things we choose have no value in themselves. God's choices have significance, involve commitments, are made relationally, and carry a cost which God himself bears. A faithful response to God's choices will make us aware that our choices matter, that to choose well is to commit to things, that our choices affect those around us, and that the cost of our choices is one we are prepared to shoulder.

Keywords: Worldviews & Culture

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T. S. Eliot and the Crisis of Meaning photograph

T. S. Eliot and the Crisis of Meaning

John Valentine, July 2013   No comments

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The poet T. S. Eliot offers us a way of experiencing and interpreting the interplay of our personal and social worlds: 'Understanding begins in the sensibility'. Through the evocation of memory and desire, he shows us that the pathway to Christian faith can actually be through the breaking down of the familiar and trusted, opening us up to an experience of the love of God that has always been present to us, even if we were unaware of it. For all of us - whether or not we love poetry, and whether or not we see the world through the eyes of Christian faith - Eliot offers us a fruitful and holistic way of thinking about our world.

Keywords: Christianity & Religion

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Christianity: the true humanism

Jon Thompson, January 2013   2 comments

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This paper argues that Christianity is the most coherent form of humanism. By contrast, secular humanism is historically and philosophically dependent upon Christianity's view of the human person. In a survey of the origins, emergence and development of secular humanism, this paper explores that historical connection before examining some of the implications which flow from a divorce of human values from Christian belief.

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Worldviews & Culture

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Redefining Marriage: the case for caution photograph

Redefining Marriage: the case for caution

Julian Rivers, October 2012   6 comments

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The Government's proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection, these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence and even its sexual nature. Such an unravelling of marriage is too high a price to pay for a proposal which fulfils no practical legal need.

Keywords: Sex & Families

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The Bible and Politics

Nick Spencer, July 2012   No comments

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This paper contends that the Bible has been the single most influential document in British political history. It takes six major political ideas, each with contemporary relevance, and shows how the Bible has shaped our attitude to each, highlighting particular hermeneutical principles critical in explaining this influence. It is suggested that a continued, strong commitment to such political virtues may be difficult to sustain if Christianity is further eroded from British public life.

Keywords: Government & Foreign Affairs

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Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood's ambiguous worlds photograph

Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood's ambiguous worlds

Rachel Thorpe, March 2012   1 comment

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Margaret Atwood is one of the most important and influential writers alive
today. Her fiction explores and reflects the current cultural move away from
metanarrative and towards fragmented notions of truth. She celebrates this
new intellectual trend, whilst also revealing the damage done by its more
confused, frustrated and narcissistic elements. This paper will argue that
Atwood's 'speculative fiction' in particular uncovers our deep human need
for stable knowledge, language and sense of self. Furthermore, her novels
point to society's insatiable longing for the God that it has turned away from,
showing all substitutes to be inadequate and dangerous.

Keywords: Christianity & Religion

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Free sex: Who pays?

Guy Brandon, January 2012   6 comments

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Rather than addressing fundamental moral issues around sexual freedom, this paper starts with our culture’s premise by taking a utilitarian approach and exploring the financial impacts. This is in line with the common assumption that what truly matters for public policy can be quantified. It argues that significant costs of sexual freedom are imposed on society as a whole, rather than borne solely by the individuals most directly involved. This represents an enormous moral hazard and, as a result, unsustainable and unjust public expenditure. The paper then explores ways to address this, the most compelling of which is the Bible’s emphasis on rootedness and group responsibility.

Keywords: Sex & Families

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Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective photograph

Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective

Julian Rivers, September 2011   1 comment

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The Equality Act 2010 was the last major piece of legislation to be passed under the British ‘New Labour’ Government. This paper explains briefly what equality law does as well as two groups of related problem cases. It sets out a biblical foundation for equality as well as a distinctive conception characterised more by mutuality than uniformity. Against this background, the paper argues that we need to combat an equality culture which trivialises religious and ethical disagreement, to reform the law to protect the pluralism of civil society and accommodate individuals, and to rediscover the real issue of equality, which is material, relational and spiritual poverty.

Keywords: Crime & Justice, Government & Foreign Affairs

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